Died May 1994
Goalkeeper George played three times for the Republic of Ireland national football team and also played at club level for Lincoln City and Grimsby Town as well as the Posh.
George played for Grimsby in the semi-final of the FA Cup on 25 March 1939 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford. The attendance of 76,962 remains Old Trafford’s largest ever attendance. George only played because on the day of the match, Grimsby’s ‘best ever goal-keeper’ Tweedy had ‘flu and so was replaced by George. The Mariners lost the game 5–0 after George was injured during a Wolves attack on the Grimsby goal early in the game, George committed himself to a save and received a kick in the head from Wolves’ forward Dickie Dorsett which caused him to be taken to the local hospital for treatment. Under the ‘no substitute rule’ which then applied, one of the other Grimsby players had to don the goalkeeper’s jersey and take up that position for the rest of the match. George was also part of another piece of soccer history that day at Old Trafford; that was the first time that the players all wore numbered jerseys. It was some time before this became an official requirement.
Posh manager Jack Blood brought George to the Posh in 1949 from Lincoln City. George was first choice keeper at the Posh for three seasons before being replaced by new player manager Jack Fairbrother. During his first season at the club Posh finished fourth in the Midland League and made a total of 118 Midland League and 8 FA Cup appearances for the Posh.
George made his international debut in a 2-0 defeat to Portugal on 23 May 1948 in the Estádio da Luz, Lisbon.
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